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U.S. Church Puts 5 Banks From Israel on a Blacklist

By Rick Gladstone

The pension board of the United Methodist Church — one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, with more than seven million members — has placed five Israeli banks on a list of companies that it will not invest in for human rights reasons, the board said in a statementon Tuesday.

It appeared to be the first time that a pension fund of a large American church had taken such a step regarding the Israeli banks, which help finance settlement construction in what most of the world considers illegally occupied Palestinian territories.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.Palestinian advocates, both in and outside the church, described the step as an important advance in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign, or B.D.S., an international effort to pressure Israel economically over the Palestinian issue. Others within the church, however, called those claims misleading, noting that the church remains invested in other Israeli companies and that members had overwhelmingly opposed divestment resolutions.

Nonetheless, the inclusion of Israeli banks on what is essentially a blacklist compiled by the pension board of a large American church, appears bound to upset the Israeli government, which devotes considerable effort to combating resolutions by academic institutions, businesses and church organizations to divest from Israeli companies over the issue of Israeli settlements and the occupation of Palestinian lands held since the 1967 war.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has described the divestment movement as a campaign to destroy Israel.

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North Georgia Conference Peace with Justice Program

"And what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTICE, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)

Purpose: The General Board of Church & Society is to be the bearer of the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church. This mission is to develop programs that provides education and action on issues confronting the church that are consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Our Peace with Justice Past 

John Wesley was a forthright advocate on prison reform, human rights, abuse of spirituous liquors, labor justice, healthcare, slavery, the humane treatment of animals. Slavery was a divisive issue within the church during the 18th and 19th Centuries with many Methodist taking strong abolitionist positions while others were less forthright.  The women's rights movement, the labor reform movement, the temperance movement and the Civil Rights movement all saw leadership from a number of courageous and prophetic Methodist voices.
 

"The church is challenged to think clearly and logically about its role in both the local parish and the world at large. Where is God at work in our world? How can we support the work God is doing? What role has God given the church to play in the midst of a broken and hurting world in need of healing? Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that the church should neither dominate the state, nor be dominated by the state. Instead, the church is called to be the conscience of the state. How can we perform this vital role faithfully in a world that increasing relegates the work of the church only to the spiritual and private realm." (Excerpted from GBCS website)

 

 

Contact:

Katy Hinman
Peace with Justice Coordinator 
katy.hinman@ngumc.net

 

Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday in your Congregation!

Dear Church Leaders,

Can I count on your support for something important to many people across our church?

Peace with Justice Sunday is coming May 22, 2016. This Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church makes possible our ongoing ministries of peace and reconciliation. 

We have prepared a special toolkit with everything you need to lead your congregation to promote peace and justice. The ready-to-use resources will save you time and energy.

Access your Pastor and Leader's Kit now! 

Peace with Justice grant applicants must strive to achieve at least one of the following objectives:

  • Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism;
  • Involve United Methodists in efforts to end global conflicts and violent aggression;
  • Promote just national and international policies and actions seeking to restore communities and respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial and ethnic people; and
  • Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples.

I pray that this toolkit will empower you to lead your congregation to stand with us.

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Churches are encouraged to take the Peace with Justice Offering the first Sunday after Pentecost or on another Sunday during the year. Litanies and prayers suitable for Peace with Justice Sunday are available from the Peace with Justice Program. Free posters and offering envelopes can be ordered from the General Board.

Fifty percent of the funds are offered to the North Georgia Conference local churches to use for their justice (systemic change) projects. Grant applications available by emailing dawn.britt@ngumc,net or by downloading the application and form from this web site.

Grant Funds Help You Bring Shalom to Your Community

A new PwJ Grant form has been developed.  If you and your congregation have a project in mind and need a few dollars to launch or continue it, download the document and check it out!  The project goals should focus on peace building, reduction of violence, reconciliation, reduction of poverty, global health, and/or the care of God's creation and contain a focus on making changes to the root, structure, or political framework that would create more justice and fairness.  Grant applications are due November of each year. Evaluations and finalization of award recipients will be announced by the end of the year. Payments are made in January the following year.

 

Peace With Justice Tools

Grant Application

Peace with Justice Grant Application (Deadline November)

 

Useful Links

 

Training and Workshops Available

  • Social Principles Ministries: Know and live out the church’s social principles

  • The transformative workshop: Serve as a prophetic witness to the world

  • Building Beloved Communities for Peace: Embrace Christ’s witness of mercy and compassion for all persons 

  • Learn your way to Peace with Justice Grant Effectiveness: Learn how to ask for what you need in funding and get it.

  • John Wesley & Social Justice: What was Wesley’s thoughts on how to implement social change and implement social justice

  • Social Justice is Not Socialism: Learn to distinguish between social causes and justice issues versus socialism